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Since the beginning of 2017, the frequency and lethalness of al-Shabaab’s attacks inside Somalia have reached new levels. This reality was demonstrated for everyone last month, on October 14, when a huge truck filled with explosives detonated at a busy intersection in the capital Mogadishu claiming almost 400 lives. This relentless wave of bombings and assassinations by al-Shabaab comes despite an escalation of the United States’ military activities against the...
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On Oct. 14, I was participating in “Somali Studies in Canada: Resilience and Resistance,” a multidisciplinary colloquium held at Carleton University. It was the first of its kind in Canada, and more than 50 brilliant, bright and eager academics, artists, frontline workers, and grassroots activists from Ontario and Quebec gathered to discuss the Somali diaspora’s resilience and resistance over the past 30 years in Canada....
Sada Mire is a Swedish-Somali archaeologist, art historian and presenter who currently serves as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Archeology, Leiden University. She has previously headed up Somaliland’s Department of Antiquities, for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism examining cultural heritage sites. She was recently featured in PBS’s ‘Africa’s Great Civilizations’ in February 2017. “People write me that if a refugee girl from Somalia...
I was always one of those passionate Somali youngsters. I’d never claim to be British, because for me a British person was overly competitive sore loser with passive-aggressive tendencies and an aversion to telling the truth. My Somali nature would brazenly opt for honesty over forced politeness. And well, being a Black refugee child taught me I had little room to be smug; which was the...
In this episode, as follow up on an earlier published article titled ’The Sensationalized Somali: Anti-Blackness and Islamophobia in Toronto’s Media”, we discuss in more depth the recently released ‘This is Dixon’ VICE documentary. Guests speak candidly on the real-life impact of parachute journalism on Somalis living in Canada.
Blog / Dispatches
Dispatches #6 Mogadishu, Somalia The fear of insecurity disconnects people in the neighborhood. It creates unspeakable walls between us. We meet and exchange greetings, all very short: Asalaamu alaikum. Wa alaikum asalaam. We do not get to know each other by names. We have lived here, a district in Mogadishu, for almost two years. Every day I take a walk around the area with my mother. When we...